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Thursday, January 31 2013, 06:16 PM EST
Fighting Crime with Religion
DAYTON--The Dayton Police Department is now accepting applications for the second Police and Clergy Together (PACT) program, a special initiative building partnership between police and the faith-based community. PACT members will focus on three areas:

· Praying for police officers along with the community;
· Building and improving relationships with police officers;
· Serving citizens and officers in need through pastoral call-outs.
Attendance of the Police Department's PACT Academy is required for participation in the PACT initiative. The academy consists of three-hour training sessions held on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m., beginning February 28 and concluding in early May (at least eight sessions must be attended).

Academy topics include: peace officer roles; arrest laws; the dispatch process; special victims unit; children's services; victim assistance; property crimes and others. Along with these topics, PACT Academy attendees will have the opportunity to spend a training session at a firearms range, which will include shooting a firearm.

Applications from faith-based leaders will be accepted until February 14; applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than February 21. For an online application visit     www.daytonohiopolice.com <http://www.daytonohiopolice.com   

Bishop Mark  McGuire is one of several local pastors involved  in PACT.
McGuire hits the streets and  goes on ride-alongs with Dayton Police.  
"We recognize what they go through." He said. They are people just like us . They are human beings.  It's not cops vs. people, its people and people." 

As a member of  PACT,  pastors may  be called out to homicide or accident scenes, to comfort family  members.
They may even be asked to help in investigations.  McGuire said a lot  of  people don't trust the police and that is why it is so important for pastors to be a liaison between  the community and police.          
"We're able to talk to officers and the families at the same time,  and pass information along." 
 
Dayton Police Officer Chris Pawelski said with faith leaders on their side,  they can win the  war on crime.    
"His congregation trusts him.  And he trusts the  Police Department,   which goes leaps and bounds in our favor." 
   

Fighting Crime with Religion

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